By Matt Bullin
Everton are readying a £10million bid to secure Jordan Pickford’s services this summer, according to a report.
The Sun reports Ronald Koeman wants the deal done quickly in order to beat his rivals to the goalkeeper’s signature, however it is said Sunderland are likely to refuse to sell until £20million is offered.
Sunderland chairman Ellis Short is under no pressure to agree a quick deal for his home-grown star as he’s not on a big wage packet.
This £10million reported bid comes after Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his personal website that the Toffees were ready to make an £18million bid for the goalkeeper.
German outfit Red Bull Leipzig are also set to be interested in the 23-year-old, who has been relegated with the Black Cats this term.
SkyBet had previously placed Koeman as the favourite to win the race for the Washington-born goalkeeper’s signature, a tag the Dutchman is keen to live up to.
They are still very short favourites to land the goalkeeper at odds of just 4/11.
Pickford’s performances have been a shining light in Sunderland’s side this campaign, and he has made 26 Premier League appearances, resulting in him gaining many potential suitors.
Pickford has represented England Under-21s on 10 occasions.
Football Insider verdict
If Everton want their man they will need to stump up close to the £20million Sunderland are reportedly asking for. There is no need to negotiate with an already relegated side who will fight for every last penny, there is a queue forming behind the Toffees at the moment and if they have the money Farhad Moshiri claims to – why not splash out. If they fail to, there is no doubt another club will swoop in and sign him. Joel Robles and Martin Stekelenburg have hardly impressed this year so Koeman needs to sort out his goalkeeping problem – Pickford can provide an excellent, long-term fix.
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